Thank you, McConchie School sup­port­ers

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Tremen­dous thanks and ap­pre­ci­a­tion are ex­tended to all of those at­ten­dees and vol­un­teers who sup­ported the McConchie School Pro­ject at the Charles County Fair this year. The par­tic­i­pa­tion was over­whelm­ing, with ap­prox­i­mately 575 at­ten­dees at the school house pre­sen­ta­tions. The level of pub­lic in­ter­est about the his­tor y and her­itage of the school was heart­warm­ing.

Spe­cial thanks go to those fair em­ploy­ees, fair vol­un­teers and school system mem­bers who pro­vided time, la­bor and ma­te­ri­als to en­able the open­ing of the school house. They in­clude J.T. Hin­dle, Agnes Birch, Ja­son Yates, Glenn Bel­more, Wayne Free­man, Tom Weirich, Tim Bo­damer, Norm Saun­ders and Vicki Kelly. Thanks also go to the vol­un­teer pre­sen­ters of “A His­tory of McConchie School.” They in­clude Charles Lee, Jan­ice Wil­son, Janet Gum­mere and Cyn­thia Sondheimer.

Last but not least, the McConchie School Com­mit­tee mem­bers worked for sev­eral months to en­sure that the pre­sen­ta­tion of the school’s her­itage would be both ac­cu­rate and in­ter­est­ing. Those com­mit­tee pre­sen­ters in­clude Valerie Free­man, Char­lene Haney, Jervie Petty, Tina Wil­son and Anna Kephart, who re­searched and pre­pared the script for “A His­tory of McConchie School.”

On a per­sonal note, I would like to thank Mr. Michael Sykes II, Mary­land In­de­pen­dent re­porter, for tak­ing the time to visit the McConchie School and to in­ter­view the com­mit­tee mem­bers. His ar­ti­cle in­spired many In­de­pen­dent readers to visit the school dur­ing the fair.

The school pro­ject is just “gear­ing up.” The com­mit­tee looks for­ward to work­ing with the com­mu­nity to con­tin­u­ally im­prove the build­ing and the pro­gram.

Charlotte A. Weirich, La Plata The writer is the fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the McConchie School Pro­ject.

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